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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 14, 2011 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Let It Grow

Yesterday, prompted by a kid who can't abide a single note of GD, I had cause to look up the lyrics to Let It Grow. I realized that I had never done so, which would make it usually unique.

WRS: Let It Grow

Morning comes, she follows the path to the river shore,
Lightly sung, her song is the latch on the mornings door.
See the sun sparkle in the reeds, silver beads, pass into the sea.

She comes from a town where they call her the woodcutters daughter,
Shes brown as the bank where she kneels down to gather her water, and
She bears it away with a love that the river has taught her.

Let it flow, greatly grow, wide and clear.

Round and round, the cut of the plow in the furrowed field,
Seasons round, the bushels of corn and the barley meal,
Broken ground, open and beckoning to the spring,
Black dirt live again!
The plowman is broad as the back of the land he is sowing,
As he dances the circular track of the plow ever knowing
That the work of his day measures more than the planting and growing

Let it grow, let it grow, greatly yield.

What shall we say, shall we call it by a name,
As well to count the angels dancing on a pin.
Water bright as the sky from which it came,
And the name is on the earth that takes it in.
We will not speak but stand inside the rain,
And listen to the thunder shouting I am! I am! I am! I am.

Nothing more, the love of the women, work of men.
Seasons round, creatures great and small, up and down as we rise and fall.

I love this song. Never to be skipped when listening to any show. I love the arrangement of the song and the transportive capabilities it possesses. I've seen some really good ones (9-19-90), but two performances have stood out for many years. Wildly disparate in time and temperament, these two just grab me for the thrill ride.

The first you are going to have to hunt a little for as it was an official release and no AUD is available. For all my love of the LIG part of the suite, the prelude and fist part I can't stand. It's awful, with its forced arrangement and silly lyrics. But, on this night, they just hit it and all worked as one. On most folks lists, 6-18-74 (Freedom Hall) is a masterpiece. (And then what follows, oh my God I love GD!) For those interested it's RT 2.3

The second one I will have probably not have so much agreement on. From a well known show, 10-31-91 (Oakland), is a tour de force, impeccable, and other adjectives.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-10-31.sbd.gardner.2897.sbeok.shnf

Do you have a fav (or two, five,...)?

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Sep 14, 2011 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Listen to Phil's thunder on this LIG. Also, the Shakedown is fire.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-04-26.sbd.parrillo.2606.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: davebigdaddy Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Always liked this version:

http://db.etree.org/shn/112951

7.31.74
Grateful Dead
Dillon Stadium

Baseline used for this release: gd1974-07-31.1019
EQ with Cool Edit 2000 by Phil Matera** philipmatera@optonline.net

Disc 1
Set 1
1. /Scarlet Begonias
2. Me and My Uncle
3. Brown Eyed Women
4. Beat It On Down the Line
5. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo >
6. It Must Have Been the Roses
7. Mexicali Blues
8. Row//Jimmy
9. Jack Straw
10. China Cat Sunflower >
11. China-Rider Jam >
12. I Know You Rider
13. Around and Around

Disc 2
Set 2
1. Bertha
2. Big River
3. Eyes of the World >
4. China Doll
5. Promised Land
6. Ship of Fools
7. WRS Prelude>
8. WRS Part 1>
9. Let It Grow

Disc 3
Set 3
1. Seastones
2. El Paso
3. Ramble On Rose
4. Greatest Story Ever Told
5. To Lay Me Down

Disc 4
Set 3
1. Truckin'>
2. Mind Left Body Jam>
3. El Jamo Espanol >
4. Wharf Rat
5. U.S. Blues
6. One More Saturday Night
Encore
7. Uncle John's Band

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Sep 14, 2011 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I agree with latvala about 10-11-1977 as one of the best ever...10-15-1983 and 07-18-1976 are other hotties...can't forget 08-03-1982

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 17, 2011 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow/ How to Drive Your Kid Crazy

Thanks for all the recs! I put them into one file and just have been looping that sucker. Is LIG on Mount Bobmore w/ TOO & PITB? That answer might be yes. I think it is.

The child who prompted me to look for a clarification in the lyrics who hates, hates GD is displeased. (He'll like them when he's older. After this amount of programming it must be in his bones somewhere.) I don't think there will be any need for me to clarify any GD related question for him, at least in the near future. I'm thinking 2014.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 15, 2011 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

SWEET! I'm late to the party and no ones stolen my thunder yet. If it's the stand alone Let it Grows you like I say 76 is the way to go.The song really shines in those years imo

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-09.sbd.miller.95399.sbeok.flac16

and this is one of my all time favorit second set. No Mammoth Jams but love the songs played.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-19.sbd.digitalrbb.miller.111852.flac16

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Sep 15, 2011 5:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Don't think anyone has mentioned either of the beastly versions from January 78. 1/11 and 1/31 specifically.
The one from the 11th at the Shrine is totally electrifying.
Not the best ever in terms of full band effort but Jerry is really over the top, off the rails good. A squall of noise.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-01-11.mtx.mccabe.motb0152.110959.flac16

For the WRS 6/28 and 6/18 are my favorites but there's a nice version from the Fronton show on the 23rd into China Doll that's not usually mentioned:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-23.mtx.seamons.105983.flac16

Like the standalone WRS Prelude>Eyes from 73-04-03 as well. Very neat jam.

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Poster: opolaut Date: Sep 14, 2011 7:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

As mentioned above, the Selland Arena, Fresno. 7/19/74. (Just listened to it yesterday.) I'm also very fond of the N.I.U., DeKalb, Ill. 10/29/77 version.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 14, 2011 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

The best part of this 10/29/77 is that it occurred at my alma mater ;-)

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-09-15 04:03:54

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Poster: cb18201 Date: Sep 15, 2011 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Evans Field House 10/29/77 - A beast

Adams field house 5/14/74

Oakland coliseum 12/16/92 - always been one of my favorites

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Poster: craven714 Date: Sep 14, 2011 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Havent met a LIG I didnt like. Cliffs rec is absolutely
sublime, and one of my favs as well.
This early '78 always stuck in my mind. It sounds like all the boys got in a lovers quarrel with their instruments in the morning and took it out on them that night. They all sound as if they are pissed off and let it out in musical fashion.
I feel bad for Phils bass. I just wanna give it a lil kiss
and tell it that everything is gonna be OK after this LIG.
Mickey 'needs more cowbell',
and if your hot, Jerrys fanning will cool you off.
(known as 'Bobbys show' as Jerry had laryngitis)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-01-07.sbd.cotsman.17806.sbeok.shnf



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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 15, 2011 12:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

oh no micah, I'm disappointed you don't like prelude/part 1! I personally find it to be quite stirring lyrically and Weir's guitar arrangement for the prelude especially (something he fiddled with for years) is pretty brilliant. To each there own though, no hard feelings ;)

I'm not too familiar with most post- '74 LIGs. The one on Without a Net is pretty epic. Also I really dig 10/29/77 and 5/1/81.

Here's my breakdown of the best pre-hiatus LIGs (I've heard most but not all):

9/11/73
10/25/73
11/11/73
11/25/73
11/30/73 -> Dark Star jam
12/8/73
12/18/73
2/23/74
6/18/74 -> Jam -> TOO
6/28/74 -> Jam -> MLB Jam
7/19/74 -> Spanish -> Eyes
7/29/74
7/31/74
8/4/74 -> Jam -> Wharf Rat
9/10/74

Edit: OK so not that anyone probably cares but I just listened to Dick's Picks 14 and I've decided that the 12/2 LIG is superior, as much as I love 11/30's cool jam. And I would like to add 10/21/73 as at least an Honorable Mention - some really emotional jamming in that one.

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-09-15 07:00:06

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Sorry can't agree with you on WRS, i love it and wish they never quit playing it. You have some really good recs here, i have two more:

I think this is my favorite with the WRS and it just received a Charlie Miller spit shine:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-02-23.sbd.miller.115607.flac16

If you really insist on skipping the prelude and part I, then you must go with this monster that Arbuthnot recommended to me, several years ago and it was also recently upgraded by the Lord of the Transfer:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-05-14.sbd.miller.108996.flac16

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 14, 2011 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

This is a really beautiful song that worked really well for a very long time. Lyrics are a bit pagan, though, no? :)

I love the version on Without A Net, with Jerry sax soloing all through the middle bit.

Also DP#13 05/06/1981 - the first set rocks to a close with Looks Like Rain, Big RR Blues>Let It Grow>Deal. Maybe my all-time favorite first set closer.

Hartford 1982 also springs to mind -

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-04-18.mtx.seamons.107090.flac16

Then there's this one: Brent's first Let It Grow, my second show. Brent owns the big jam after ...

Walking out of the civic center this night, there were two things I NEEDED to know: what was the Bob "I AM" song and why did Jerry have such a breathtakingly beautiful song about a "Jimmy Roll" ... ?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-09-02.sbd.miller.93011.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 14, 2011 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

> Lyrics are a bit pagan, though, no? :)

A Doobie,

Pagans are just alright with me, Pagans are just alright, Oh Yeah! ;-)

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

actually, the Let It Grow on W/out A Net is more midi-trumpet than sax, but you knew what I meant ...

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 14, 2011 5:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I'm with ya on DP 13 set closers. All perfectly executed. I really enjoy that whole first disc but think the meat is at the end.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I agree. In addition to the famous He's Gone, it's also got one of my favorite GDTRFB's - I only wish it were a longer version because Jerry is totally into it.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I really need to pay more attention to the later discs. Guess its DP 13 later tn.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I just realized that I misunderstood your post - you meant "the meat is at the end" of disc one and I read it as "the meat is at the end" of the show.

Ah, well - the Good Lovin' kind of crashes at the end, but aside from that it is one tremendous show.

I'm actually listening to the Let It Grow from 05/08/81 right now and it is also pretty stellar ...

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I really enjoy the sound of LIG from this era. The noodling that jerry does to start off both DP 13 and DP 32 is stellar. They have such a great vibe to them on top of being really well played. It started to get some length back, DP 13 LIG is far different than DP 25's groovy tight version. Maybe I'll check that 5/8 version out as well. Though I have a lot of GD homework I need to do (rehear shows/versions) on top of having real homework. I wish I could get paid to listen to dead...

and golf.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 14, 2011 5:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Some like jelly jelly, some like roll.

Which I thought were the lyrics to Dupree's.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 14, 2011 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

7/19/74 in Fresno just might be the best Let it Grow of all-time, Sean.

However, my personal favorite is the entire WRS from 12/18/73. Simply gorgeous and sublimely jazzed out...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-12-18.sbd.miller.113498.flac16

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 14, 2011 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Yes.

I truly cannot believe anyone doesn't like the full WRS. I think it's sublime. LIG is a great song, but not complete outside of the full suite.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 14, 2011 8:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I think LIG is complete without WRS but I am surprised at the amount of people who don't like it. Its a fine piece of music with a unique emotion. A quality prelude to one of the best dead songs.

I also have never found myself so eager to hear a 73-74 LIG that I need to skip what in my mind makes this song from that period special.

This post was modified by wisconsindead on 2011-09-15 03:17:02

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Poster: larryberlin Date: Sep 14, 2011 6:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Check out 5/1/1981. Great LIG > Deal. Checkout the Althea too. Jerry is on fire from mid 1st set until the end, I was there.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-01.sbd.miller.107437.flac16

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 14, 2011 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

I really like this second set version from Augusta in 79

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-09-02.sbd.miller.93011.sbeok.flac16

Well over 20 minutes of happiness. Very jammed-out. Not for everyone, but a very different take on a classic.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 14, 2011 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

DP 32. Can't believe no one has mentioned. I think its just a notch better than DP 13. Probably the one LIG I would take if I could only have one.

Again, no one mentions Without a Net's LIG. That one is certainly the best I've heard from 89/90.

DP 25, like mentioned above is amazing.

1978-01-31 is pretty sweet as well, but certainly not a best of all time.

And finally I love 1990-09-12 as you might know from my controversial review heh.

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Sep 14, 2011 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

9/3/80 (GD download) features some very spaced out Jerry leads and is more put together than most to my ears. This seems like a difficult song to pull off live especially with 2 drummers with all the starts and stops. DP 25 is a tasty '78 LIG. I'm with you micah, I can't stand WRS, my skip song more than any other

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 14, 2011 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let It Grow

Hey, everyone's taking my picks!

My favorites are with the prelude, which I really love. Just listened to 7/19/74 again last night, WRS > LIG > Sp Jam > Eyes > China Doll, and that is one astounding stretch of music. Perhaps my number one WRS is the super jazzy 12/18/73, another Cliff Pick.

For a great LiG without the prelude and outside the Gold Era, there's this:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-16.sbd.miller.30647.sbeok.flac16

... but then I saw you already know that, since you reviewed it :-) It's on fire.